Leviticus 18 (NRSV)
“Marriage as a social institution is regarded throughout Scripture as the cornerstone of all other structures, and hence its purity and integrity must be protected at all times.”
–R. K. Harrison
The Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2Speak to the people of Israel and say to them: I am the Lord your God. 3You shall not do as they do in the land of Egypt, where you lived, and you shall not do as they do in the land of Canaan, to which I am bringing you. You shall not follow their statutes. 4My ordinances you shall observe and my statutes you shall keep, following them: I am the Lord your God. 5You shall keep my statutes and my ordinances; by doing so one shall live: I am the Lord.
6None of you shall approach anyone near of kin to uncover nakedness: I am the Lord.
7You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father, which is the nakedness of your mother; she is your mother, you shall not uncover her nakedness.
8You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife; it is the nakedness of your father.
9You shall not uncover the nakedness of your sister, your father’s daughter or your mother’s daughter, whether born at home or born abroad.
10You shall not uncover the nakedness of your son’s daughter or of your daughter’s daughter, for their nakedness is your own nakedness.
11You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s wife’s daughter, begotten by your father, since she is your sister.
12You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s sister; she is your father’s flesh.
13You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister, for she is your mother’s flesh.
14You shall not uncover the nakedness of your father’s brother, that is, you shall not approach his wife; she is your aunt.
15You shall not uncover the nakedness of your daughter-in-law: she is your son’s wife; you shall not uncover her nakedness.
16You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother’s wife; it is your brother’s nakedness.
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17You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter, and you shall not take her son’s daughter or her daughter’s daughter to uncover her nakedness; they are your flesh; it is depravity.
18And you shall not take a woman as a rival to her sister, uncovering her nakedness while her sister is still alive.
19You shall not approach a woman to uncover her nakedness while she is in her menstrual uncleanness.
20You shall not have sexual relations with your kinsman’s wife, and defile yourself with her.
21You shall not give any of your offspring to sacrifice them to Molech, and so profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
Psalm 72:4 (NIV)
He will save the children.
22You shall not lie with a male as with a woman; it is an abomination.
23You shall not have sexual relations with any animal and defile yourself with it, nor shall any woman give herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it: it is perversion.
24Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, for by all these practices the nations I am casting out before you have defiled themselves. 25Thus the land became defiled; and I punished it for its iniquity, and the land vomited out its inhabitants. 26But you shall keep my statutes and my ordinances and commit none of these abominations, either the citizen or the alien who resides among you 27(for the inhabitants of the land, who were before you, committed all of these abominations, and the land became defiled); 28otherwise the land will vomit you out for defiling it, as it vomited out the nation that was before you.
29For whoever commits any of these abominations shall be cut off from their people. 30So keep my charge not to commit any of these abominations that were done before you, and not to defile yourselves by them: I am the Lord your God.
Ephesians 3:14-19 (NIV)
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.